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>>> welcome to "this week in defense news." i'm vago muradian. the association of the united states army's annual meeting kicks off this week amid pressure to slash spending on conferences. we'll talk about the impact of tighter government travel and conference rules. plus, a look at a compact new realtime facial recognition system that troops can use on the move. but first, the pentagon's new cyber strategy unveiled this month by defense secretary leon panetta makes it clear the u.s. military will take preemptive action if it detects a potential cyber attack that would kill americans or devastate american infrastructure. the aim is to make the threat of counterattack a powerful deterrent. is this the right cyber strategy for america? here with answers is irving la- chow the director of the program on u.s. national security in the information age at the the cent for new american security. irving welcome to the program. >> thank you very much. >> what's the importance of this statement especially at this time? >> i think secretary panetta had two goals in mind in issuing the statemen
left. i know that you are a big supporter of putting women into combat roles in the united states army. the marines obviously have started their process. unfortunately both of the women involved in that training washed out what. are the options and when? >> the first steps, we're in the process of doing a pilot in brigade combat teams to get them down to battalion level. we did in that six brigades. we're getting some good results. i'm going to expand that to the rest of the army. collect the data, then we are going to start looking at what are the standards we want to set for infantry, armor, which is mainly what we're talking about, get common standards that we can now use as we assess potentially in the future women going into these branches. there's some other issues that we have to make sure we understand. there's some integrating women into these units is what we're really working towards now. that's what we're doing, getting them down to battalion level. >> airborne as well? >> they're in airborne units now, so selected mos's. we have not yet opened infantry armor slots. in the
to the united states army and to other parts of the department of defense. the jts program, since the last time we talked 18 months ago has changed significantly. what has really come across in that program is that the importance of including nondevelopmental item products like the two that we have in front of us here into the mix. i don't know very much about the pending low rate initial production award, that gd may be getting, but it's a natural part of the hms program as it starts to wind down. but i think what we will see is that as that program goes forward, just like in the rifleman radio, is the hms mad pack as it moves into full rate production, which will be in about a year, will include radios that come, not only for those developed in the program of record, but also introduced by companies like harris, and others. so we're still in the mix, and happy to be there, because we think we bring value to the market. >> in another two weeks, the army is going to conduct its next nie, there's going to be a bit of a faceoff and analysis that's going to happen for the vehicle mounted radios, h
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